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Irma Herrera

Playwright, Performer, Lawyer, Social Activist

📣 Scholarships for Justice EMCEE

Irma Herrera is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer and solo performer. Irma’s writing, including her solo play, Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name? explores themes of identity and the many ways in which ethnic and racial group members claim their rightful place in the United States, while maintaining cultural and linguistic ties to their communities of origin. She recently completed a five-month run at The Marsh Theater, playing at both the San Francisco and Berkeley venues. Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name? is one of six featured works in the Best of SF Solo Series and will be performed on Sunday, October 13, 2019 @ 7 pm at San Rafael’s Marin Center Showcase Theater. 
 
Before turning her focus to writing, Irma spent three decades as a public-interest lawyer advocating on behalf of marginalized communities. Among the posts she had were Staff Attorney and later Director of Educational Programs for The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) www.maldef.org. As a proud feminista she was privileged to serve for 15 years as the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, a San Francisco-based legal advocacy organization advancing the interests of women and girls, www.equalrights.org. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, the South Texas native spent two years in Washington State’s Yakima Valley representing Spanish-speaking farmworkers. 
 
Irma has also worked as a journalist with Pacific News Service and New America Media writing about issues of race, class, and culture. Her articles have appeared in publications that include the NY Times, Washington Post, and Ms. Magazine. 
 
She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Margaret Brent Award, given by the American Bar Association’s Commission of Women in the Profession.

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